South Korean ambassador in Anchorage says thanks to Korean War veterans
The Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War,” but don’t say that to U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.
"I've never liked the name the 'Forgotten War.’ It downplays the sacrifice, the nobility, and the meaning of this brutal conflict," Sullivan said Friday morning at the Anchorage Veterans' Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip.
He joined South Korean Ambassador to the United States Cho Yoon-je to honor U.S. veterans of the Korean War.
They handed out a dozen medals from the South Korean government during the annual ceremony that honors Alaskans who fought in the three-year conflict.
"Quite impressive, I never expected on getting anything," said Enzo Becia. "When I first got back, there was nobody on the pier except the Army band."
"I was in Korea in 1951, and 1952 with a recon division, First Marine Division, this certainly tops it off for me at 86 years old," Lynn Keough said after he received his medal.
"I just thought it was really something great to be in, and I appreciate it so much," James Wheeles said.
The ceremony highlighted the ambassador's first trip to Alaska, and one he had to make.
"To my eyes, Alaska is the 'Foremost Frontier' when it comes to the U.S.-Korean Alliance," said Ambassador Cho. "It was the noble sacrifice, and the honorable service of you, the people of Alaska, that allowed the Republic of Korea, and the ROK-U.S. Alliance to be what it is today."
Friday's ceremony marked the first time a South Korean ambassador attended the ceremony.
Correction: This story has been edited to correct a typo and quote attribution.
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